About this FREE Course

Make Your Own Samples!

Approximate Course Length: 2 hours

  • Finally Learn How To Make Samples for Your Nord Keyboard

    If you've been avoiding working with custom samples because you thought it was too time consuming or difficult, there has never been a better time to start. The new Sample Editor 3 is easier than ever and coupled with this free course, it's all you need to get started.

  • Create Your Own Favorite Samples Library

    Longing to recreate that impossible intro effect, or need to sample a sound clip from James Brown or a favorite sound from your 1985 synth? We'll cover the basic techniques to get you on your way to having your own custom library of favorites at your fingertips

  • A Dedicated Video Course is More Effective and Fun!

    Yes, you can read the online docs and watch the existing Nord tutorials, but neither of these resources bring in the perspective of a person with experience. There will also be time spent with the recording process itself sometimes overlooked by the existing resources.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Course!

    • Welcome to the Course!

    • How To Use This Course

    • Before We Begin

    • Course Update/Version History

  • 2

    Getting Started

    • Update the OS

    • Download and Install the Sample Editor 3 (Mac & Windows)

    • Application Overview

    • File Structure / Staying Organized

    • Download and Install Audacity

  • 3

    Sample Workshop

    • Warning Before We Start

    • Working with Samples

    • One Tone Sample [Star Wars]

    • Multiple Tone Sample [Birdland]

    • Looping Samples (Unpitched)

    • Looping Samples (Pitched)

    • Samples Split Across the Keyboard [Bass & Lead]

    • Layering Samples

    • Segway Between Samples in Time: Pink Floyd: "Time" [Advanced]

  • 4

    Managing Your Samples

    • Nord Sound Manager (Download and Install)

    • Assign Samples to Your Programs

    • Export / Archive Samples

  • 5

    Congrats and Next Steps...

    • One More Question

    • Congratulations and Thanks! What's next?


(Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Why is the course free?

    My Keys To Music likes to embrace the notion that everyone should have the opportunity to create their own samples without having to invest in a paid course. This also acts as a way for people to fully sample our teaching methods prior to investing in one of the paid coures.

  • I have some experience with the old Nord Sample Editor 2. Do I need this course?

    Maybe yes, maybe no. The Nord Sample Editor 3 has been rebuilt from the ground up (or so it seems). Therefore the navigation and layout is quite different than anything before (it's much easier now). Taking a quick course like this will have you learning every feature there is in the fastest way possible. Furthermore, we discuss the recording options when creating the samples themselves which don't appear to be covered with any existing online resource directly.

  • Can't I just read the online manual?

    Yes, you can! And reading the manual will provide you the basic foundations for every feature. However, we take most topics found in the manual and create a lesson from that providing a deeper explanation and actual demonstrations that provides the most effective learning and engaging experience. Video training for people who learn better visually or through audio will likely enjoy the experience of a course like this more than reading the manual. Besides providing demonstrations of the topics, additional perspective and opinion are added throughout the lessons providing the student with practical knowledge and understanding of a given feature from a musician's perspective.

  • Are the lessons in this course different than the "My Keys To Music" channel?

    Yes mostly. The vast majority of the lessons found in this course are all brand-new content that can only be found in this course. The content has been distilled down into more bite-sized chunks making it easier to learn. Approximately 90% of the content here is all new and exclusive to the course and ad-free as well!

  • Can I ask questions?

    Yes and no. I do my best to answer all questions but paying students in the other courses get first priority. At this time, however, the channel and school are manageable to the point where I can answer most questions and provide feedback where needed to get people unstuck on wherever they may be in their learning journey.